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Nuclear: Germany, France and the UK reject Iran's ultimatum

Distances also from US sanctions: the joint statement

London and Paris, permanent members of the UN Security Council, and Berlin, rejected today in a joint statement the ultimatum launched yesterday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when in a speech to the Nation he informed about the country's disengagement from some terms of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action) nuclear agreement signed four years ago with China, France, United Kingdom, Russia, United States and Germany; an announcement given exactly one year after America left the pact. Following which at the behest by Trump President, Washington re-imposed sanctions against Tehran. In his speech yesterday, Rouhani asked, among other things, to return to commercial relations, particularly in the oil and banking sectors, prior to the American exit from the agreement, or those most severely hit by American sanctions. Meanwhile he has decided to put an end to his limitations in terms of heavy water and enriched uranium reserves, announcing new nuclear measures within 60 days. The current partners "have two months to make their commitments operational, in particular with regard to the oil and banking sectors", otherwise the Iranian authorities will withdraw from other commitments within the agreement signed 4 years ago (see AVIONEWS).

The response by the three European powers:

"We reject any ultimatum, and we will evaluate Iran's compliance with the agreement based on the country's commitments, and its nuclear obligations under the JCPOA agreement. In addition we also remind that the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency) plays a fundamental role in monitoring and controlling Iran's commitments.

We have learned with great concern of Iran's statements on its duties relating to the MoU. We remain firm in maintaining and fully applying what was signed in the document, which is a fundamental goal in the global framework of nuclear non-proliferation, which corresponds to common interests in security.

We strongly urge Iran to continue to fulfill its duties established in the document, in their entirety, as it has done up to now, and to restrain from taking any new steps towards a worsening of the situation. We recall that we are firmly committed to abiding by our obligations under the agreement regarding the removal of international sanctions, for the good of the Iranian people. We are sorry for the introduction by the US of new sanctions against Iran, resulting in the US leaving from the agreement", the statement said it.

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